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Garbage is once again being collected following an interruption in service, according to the Ministry of Public Works.

Waste collection across the Island was affected by industrial action due to a dispute at the Government Quarry, which has since been resolved, and the public holiday on Monday.

A Pembroke resident yesterday expressed her anger with the incident, telling

The Royal Gazette that her trash had not been collected on Friday or Tuesday.

“I just called them to complain and their answer was, ‘Ma'am, it's like that across the whole island!’ Apparently they're down a couple of trucks and are having staffing problems.

“While I understand there is a 'delay', I feel as though the public should know. My other concern is that Vector Control does a bunch of work controlling rats and then the trash doesn't get collected — only to feed the rats!”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works responded to the concern, saying: “Collection staff resumed regular garbage collection [Wednesday] morning and are in the process of addressing the backlog of garbage which has increased over the public holiday weekend.

“In the meantime the Ministry advises residents to either re-bag their garbage or bring their garbage to the Tynes Bay Public Drop-Off facility on Palmetto Road, Devonshire for proper disposal.

“In addition, residents are advised to use a disinfectant that may be purchased from a local store to mitigate unsanitary conditions until the garbage is collected.

“The Ministry has advised that it will take the necessary steps to clear the backlog and the Ministry apologises for the inconvenience caused over the past week.”

Rubbish has been piling up on roadsides around the Island over the weekend, due partly to no collections on Monday’s holiday, and an industrial dispute involving Works and Engineering employees which has now been resolved. Trash truck crews are now clearing the backlog.
(Photo by Mark Tatem) A trash truck drives past trash piled at Seon Drive in Hamilton Parish. Rubbish has been piling up on roadsides around the Island over the weekend, due partly to no collections on Monday’s holiday, and an industrial dispute involving Works and Engineering employees which has now been resolved. Trash truck crews are now clearing the backlog.

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Published June 20, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 20, 2013 at 12:05 am)

Garbage collection resumes

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